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Balboa 24 Project

As I mentioned in my Intro, I just bought a Balboa 24. It's a bit of a project boat, but seems mostly solid. There is one soft spot starboard of the mast step, which I intend to try to fix from inside, since I do plan to re-do the interior/headliner. The only real issue I see is that someone has done some fiberglass work on the keel - particularly at the keel/hull joint on the port side. It looks kinda ugly, as they stopped work before sanding it down and smoothing everything out, but seems solid.

So here's my question - I have heard people say the first thing you should do with a project boat (that i got very cheap) is to put it in the water, and sail it as-is - i guess to make sure it's not gonna sink before you put much work in it, hehehe. Wait, that wasn't a question, was it?

So here's my question: Should I do this? I know I have bottom work to do, and the boat has to be out of the water for quite a while to do that... What do ya'll think?

Here's some pics of the boat:

Balboa 24 - a set on Flickr

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Balboa 24 - hoist the sails! - a set on Flickr

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Re: Balboa 24 Project

I should mention that I bought the boat on the trailer - and i'd say it has been on the trailer for months if not years.
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Re: Balboa 24 Project

You don't want water in the layers of glass if it does leak. I would sand down any suspicious areas below the water line, and at least add gell coat, and a few layers of good bottom paint before the sink test.

I bought an Aquarius 23 last year, and after a few gallons of resin, and paint, and plywood, varnish,months of work, etc.....I now have a good solid working boat.

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Re: Balboa 24 Project

I would second sailing it a bit, once you make sure is looks seaworthy-ish. Unless you are an experienced sailor on that boat, it is hard to know what needs attention until you get it out there. Then that will give you ammo to work for months (or years).

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